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Archives: February 2012
posted: Monday February 27th - 6:07pm
Pretend Play at School: Helping My ADHD Son Get Real
Q: "My eight-year-old son has a vivid imagination—he loves to pretend he is a pirate, a superhero, or a dinosaur. I’ve never worried about his pretend play, until his teacher said he was doing it a lot in her classroom. I’ve always loved his creative little mind, and I thought he would just outgrow it. What should I do?"
posted: Wednesday February 22nd - 5:28am
Message to the World: "Stop the ADHD Prejudice"
Unfair stereotypes about adults with ADHD still prevail despite inspiring stories like these. Why can't the world just let us succeed?
A Canadian newspaper recently ran an article about a woman finding out that her doctor, after being under his care for more than 30 years, admitted to having ADHD. She said, "It kind of blew my mind." Her doctor didn’t fit her stereotype of an adult with ADHD. Her doctor encouraged her to tell his story because he wanted her to drive home what much of the...
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posted: Sunday February 19th - 5:30am
When IEP Is a Four-Letter Word
A new study reveals a troubling fact: Parents aren't involved as they should be in planning classroom accommodations. Is it because schools aren't doing enough to loop families in when it's time for special-ed services?
posted: Friday February 17th - 5:23am
Go Back to Sleep!
Q: "I fall asleep fine, but when 2 or 3 o’clock comes around I wake up with all kinds of thoughts and fears of things that are so magnified in the middle of the night. Does anybody have any ideas on how I can relax my mind once I wake up so that I can fall back asleep?"
A: First I think it is important to get to the root of why you are waking up in the middle of the night. People with ADHD are more prone to having anxiety and/or depression. They are also more likely to wait until the point of exhaustion before they go to bed – make sure you get to this point. You may also be living a...
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posted: Thursday February 16th - 9:25am
Talk Therapy: Getting Through to Your ADHD Teen
Q: "How do I show my teen how wonderful he is without him thinking that I am saying it because I’m his mom? How do I give him advice without making him feel like he’s stupid or that I’m criticizing him?"
posted: Monday February 13th - 1:08pm
Texts Gone Wild: ADHD and Digital Impulsivity
Q: "My teen is impulsive, and he texts his friends and siblings without thinking about what he’s saying. He has made inappropriate comments to friends and family, and it has cost him a couple of friendships. How can I get him to think before he texts?"
posted: Wednesday February 8th - 3:08pm
When Will the ADHD Medication Shortage End?
Q: "I cannot find Dexedrine IR in any of the pharmacies I have tried in NY. My next option is to go back to Adderall short acting, but I’m told that is also very hard to find. Is anyone else having this problem?"
Yes, a stimulant medication shortage occurred towards the end of 2010. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) only allots a certain amount of stimulant drug per pharmaceutical company. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that the amount of drug allotted by the DEA is not enough to meet patient needs. Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon. For more information, see my blog post,...
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posted: Tuesday February 7th - 1:03pm
Is ADHD the Reason I Sleep Around the Clock?
I sleep up to 12 hours a night and nap during the day. Is excessive sleeping a symptom of inattentive type ADD?
posted: Tuesday February 7th - 10:55am
First Line of Treatment?
"My son was recently diagnosed with ADD, and his doctor wants to prescribe a stimulant. Shouldn’t the first step be to change our routines and discipline strategies to see if that helps?"
posted: Tuesday February 7th - 3:13am
Disclose His ADHD: Yes or No?
Q: When applying to college, should my son disclose his attention deficit diagnosis? He has done well in high school without academic accommodations. Won't ADHD disclosure be viewed as an excuse?
posted: Monday February 6th - 1:13pm
Disruptive at School, But Fine at Home
"At school our eight-year-old daughter is disruptive, can’t focus, and does not keep up with her assignments. She has been labeled as having ADHD, but she seems fine at home and in other environments. What is going on?"
posted: Friday February 3rd - 1:35pm
I'm On Meds, But She's Still Stewing
ADHD medication has given me more focus at work, but my partner is still angry about how my ADHD has affected our relationship. Can’t she be happy for me?
posted: Wednesday February 1st - 1:04pm« The Experts's blog
This popular and beneficial ADHD medication gets a bad rap.
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